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Expo highlights fisherfolk's problems

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Asma Menon (centre), artist explaining the art to Vadivel Krishnamoorthy, Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Southern India at the art exhibition in Chennai on Sunday. — Photo: N. Sridharan
Asma Menon (centre), artist explaining the art to Vadivel Krishnamoorthy, Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Southern India at the art exhibition in Chennai on Sunday. — Photo: N. Sridharan

A week-long art exhibition on “Lives and livelihoods of fisherfolk” opened at the Cholamandal Artists' Village, Injambakkam, near here, on Sunday.

Organised by the Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-Governmental Organisation in commemoration of World Food Day, this expo projects the travails of the fisherfolk.

Six contemporary artists of Chennai have lent, what Vadivel Krishnamoorthy, Deputy Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Southern India, called, their “vision and mission” focussing on the suffering the fisherfolk undergo in their endeavour to sustain themselves against all odds.

Declaring open the exhibition, he pointed out that the travails of fisherfolk were an oft-discussed subject.

While switching over to mechanised boats from catamarans, fishermen should also ponder over the issue of “sustainability” and they should think of the “future generations” as well, he counselled.

Along with the exhibition, a “live painting event” was also organised at the same venue to showcase the talent of 21 young artists drawn from eminent art institutions in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karnataka.

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